Pssst….have you heard?

UnknownAMIDST RUSSIAN AND English football hooligans engaged in their vile battles in Marseilles; Ireland’s rugby team producing one of the greatest achievements of any home nations’ side away from home in history; their English counterparts putting Australia to the sword in Brisbane and the national cricket side endeavouring to go three-nil up against Sri Lanka, something else important in the sports’ world was going on too and it has achieved negligible, if not to say pitiful, coverage. Continue reading “Pssst….have you heard?”

Italian Triumph for Rest of the World

Blogger and John Eakin with the Vision Cup
Blogger and John Eakin with the Vision Cup

IN A MAGNIFICENT team effort the Rest of the World blind and visually impaired golfers retained their equivalent of the Ryder Cup with a comprehensive 14.5 to 9.5 victory over North America at the beautiful Villa d”Este Golf Club in Lombardy, north-west Italy.

Like the Ryder Cup, the tournament runs over three days and is competed for bi-annually. The team is selected from the top four players in each of the International Blind Golfers Association three sight categories from B1, totally blind, to B3 and includes an additional captain’s pick. Continue reading “Italian Triumph for Rest of the World”

Bravo Charley

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WHILST ARGUMENTS still rage over quite what Rory McIlroy has to do to become the winner of the BBC sport’s personality of the year award- presumably win all four majors in a calendar year- there was some excellent and richly deserved news regarding a golfing phenomenon in the women’s game. Charley Hull has won the European Order of Merit, aged just 18, after finishing fifth at the Dubai Ladies Masters. Continue reading “Bravo Charley”

Happy Birthday Arnold Palmer

imagesAMIDST ALL THE wearisome ballyhoo about Tiger Woods and ‘will he, won’t he ever win another major?’ that so many lazy golf writers use to pad out their copy it is worth remembering that Arnold Palmer was 85 on September 10th.

Before Palmer strode into professional golf the game had been a determinedly upmarket affair on both side of the Atlantic. US broadcaster, Vin Scully, summed up the advent of Palmer quite brilliantly when he came out with the line, ‘In a sport that was high society he made it “High Noon.”’ Continue reading “Happy Birthday Arnold Palmer”